Irresistible Bazaars

Ever since childhood, when I lived within earshot of the Boston and Maine, I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I were on it. Those whistles sing bewitchment: railways are irresistible bazaars …
– Paul Theroux, The Great Railway Bazaar

Peshawar to Lahore, Pakistan


Life is a train that stops at no stations; you either jump aboard
or stand on the platform and watch as it passes.
– Yasmina Khadra

Kyoto, Japan

The train is a small world moving through a larger world.
Elisha Cooper, Train



A train is a vehicle that allows residence:
dinner in the diner, nothing could be finer…
– Paul Theroux, The Great Railway Bazaar

Decca to Peshawar, India

Be like a train; go in the rain, go in the sun, go in the storm,
go in the dark tunnels! Be like a train; concentrate on your road
and go with no hesitation!
– Mehmet Murat Ildan

New York, New York, USA

Railway terminals are our gates to the glorious and the unknown.
Through them, we pass out into adventure and sunshine,
to them, alas! we return.
– E. M. Forster

Yangon, Myanmar

There’s something about the sound of a train that’s
very romantic and nostalgic and hopeful.
– Paul Simon

Dacca to Peshawar, Chittagong, Bangladesh


The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered
is to miss the train before.
– G.K. Chesterton

Dacca to Peshawar, India

Missing a train is only painful if you run after it!
– Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Rangoon, Burma

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Many times the wrong train took me to the right place.
– Paulo Coelho

Dacca to Peshawar, West Bengal, India

Calcutta, West Bengal, India

My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I’ll not be knowing,
Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take,
No matter where it’s going.
–  Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Selected Poetry

Dacca to Peshawar, Agra, India

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

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